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‘Neighbourhood-First’ Policy: Modi Arrives in Sri Lanka After Visiting Maldives, to Talk to President Sirisena

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-06-09

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left from the Maldives today and while leaving he said that he is humbled by the affection received in the island nation and added that the two-day visit will lead to "stupendous outcomes".


"Dear citizens of the Republic of Maldives, I am humbled by the affection I have received in your wonderful nation. Thank you for being great hosts. I also thank the Government for the hospitality. This visit will lead to stupendous outcomes, adding vigour to bilateral ties," tweeted Narendra Modi.


From Maldives he will continue his journey and will visit Sri Lanka today.


In Sri Lanka, he will hold talks with Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena. He would also be called upon by Sri Lankan Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa and later meet leaders of the Tamil National Alliance.


Modi will be the first foreign leader to visit the country days after Easter bombings killed 250 people, including 11 Indians. This will be his third visit to the island country since becoming the PM in May 2014 for the first term. Modi had visited the country earlier in 2015 as well as in 2017.


” Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to arrive in Colombo on Sunday for a visit limited to a few hours. The re-elected Indian leader will be on transit from the Maldives,” released by the Sri Lankan president office said.


Modi is expected to arrive in the country at 11 am. He will attend an official luncheon hosted by Sirisena and also hold bilateral talks. The Sri Lankan police have made elaborate security arrangements for PM Modi’s visit, including traffic restrictions.


Earlier, providing details about the visit, Ministry of External Affairs said that the PM would visit the country with a message of solidarity, signalling India confidence in the Sri Lankan government in overcoming the Easter tragedy.


Later in the day, the Prime Minister will offer prayers at Tirumala temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh before returning to New Delhi. Newly-elected Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy will accompany him to the holy shrine.


India and Maldives inked six pacts for strengthening cooperation in various fields including health, defence and establishing a passenger and cargo ferry between the two countries.


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